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Watchdog: Follow the Money

Report: Chicago missed out on $2.2 million judgment

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CHICAGO — Chicago's inspector general says the city has "resuscitated" what had been a scandal-plagued minority business program.

But Inspector General Joseph Ferguson says in a Thursday report that the city missed an opportunity to share in a $2.2 million forfeiture judgment because it hasn't designated his office as a law enforcement organization. That's required to share in the judgment.

The report also includes summaries of investigations that revealed firefighters filing false mileage reimbursement claims to collect thousands of dollars and sanitation workers falsifying attendance records. It also says that a company received a city contract after falsely claiming to be minority owned.

The report also outlined investigations that revealed city workers illegally selling scrap metal from city work sites and a streets and sanitation worker drinking while on duty.

 

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